Elzhi Speaks On Rumored Slum Village Separation, "Villa Manifesto"

The Detroit emcee says the turmoil began with the groups label, which he believes resulted in fewer contributed verses to Villa Manifesto.

In a recent interview with HipHopDX, remaining founding Slum Village member T3 spoke avidly about the creation of the group’s supposed last album Villa Manifesto. However, noticeably absent was the voice of rapper Elzhi, who at this point has yet to join T3 and producer Young RJ on their promotional run for the new project.

Likewise silent on his future involvement with the group, Elzhi has finally revealed the conditions under which his separation took place.

Explaining that Slum Village management and RJ Rice, founder of SV’s longtime label Barak Records held a personal gripe when he hired his own manager, Elzhi told XXLMag.com, “They just couldn’t take the fact that I had new management, and just from that as far as I could tell, they overreacted and it got to the point where we was all on a conference call and my new management asked to see the paper work and the contract from E1 and RJ Rice ain’t wanna show it.”

The Detroit emcee went on to state that disagreements between the two camps led to his contributions on the album being cut in half. In the thick of this predicament, Elzhi says T3 has yet to dispel any notion that he wasn’t directly involved in the separation process. “[T3’s] tellin’ me that’s not his direction, that that’s RJ’s direction, but I mean from this point I can’t tell.”

You can read the full interview here.

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21 Comments

  • miss cheeks

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  • bigDdog

    RIP Baatin...RIP Dilla....RIP Slum Village. looking forward to Elzhi's solo stuff

  • dax

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  • Neromystic

    Slum Villa without Elzhi....it's a wrap. Talk about dropping the ball.

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  • I'm at work and bored

    Seriously. ILLA J? Like are u serious? Why not just call yourself J ILLA? Or is that too obvious?

  • The Kid Flames

    Word. SV had a good run, the new album is bonkers -- but see how label politics, envy and greed get in the way. I mean T3, Young RJ and Illa can't carry the group. Word to Elzhi, go get at Black Milk (again), Premo, Hi-Tek, Illmind, Pumah, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Em, Royce, Lupe, PPP, Guilty Simpson, and put out the follow-up.

  • truthenola

    Elzhi is sick , talent always rises to the top.

  • bswift77

    Elzhi too good to be partners with T3 anyway, he needs to go solo. T3 is jealous of Elzhi. How are you gonna let El get cut outta half the album and not say nothing? T3 is on some little girl shit. T3!!!! Elzhi is better than you!!!!! Face it and grow up!!!!!

  • Quite Nyce

    E is dope on his own dude is one of my favorites period. He will have a great solo career , salute my dude , i wish you the best.

  • DesertEagle505

    If ever I hear a SV record it is only to hear Elzhi spit. He is a lyrical genius and can do so much more by himself. He's easily top 3 best mic slayer right now. He should also ditch those flavorless beats by Black Milk and seek some better production. A collabo with Em would be lyrical slaughter. Can't wait for ELMATIC!!!

  • Anonymous01

    If ever I hear a SV record it is only to hear Elzhi spit. He is a lyrical genius and can do so much more by himself. He's easily top 3 best mic slayer right now. He should also ditch those flavorless beats by Black Milk and seek some better production. A collabo with Em would be lyrical slaughter. Can't wait for ELMATIC!!

  • Anonymous01

    If ever I hear a SV record it is only to hear Elzhi spit. He is a lyrical genius and can do so much more by himself. He's easily top 3 best mic slayer right now. He should also ditch those flavorless beats by Black Milk and seek some better production. A collabo with Em would be lyrical slaughter. Can't wait for ELMATIC!!!

  • Anonymous01

    If ever I hear a SV record it is only to hear Elzhi spit. He is a lyrical genius and can do so much more by himself. He's easily top 3 best mic slayer right now. He should also ditch those flavorless beats by Black Milk and seek some better production. A collabo with Eminem would be lyrical slaughter. Can't wait for ELMATIC!!!

  • NAME (NOT REQUIRED)

    Elzhi doesn't need Slum. No disrespect to Slum VIllage, but I hope El decides to leave them once and for all to persue his solo career. The Preface was dope, and he could do so much more if T3 wasn't always there.

  • MMEP

    Obviously Slum Village will never be the same without J Dilla, but without Elzhi too, it's a wrap.

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